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22 Jun 2018 Staff jrw

July 28 - Hiwassee River Outing

The Hiwassee River is located near Reliance, Tennessee, and is wide and scenic with mostly shallow, swift water, and several class 2 rapids. The float is 5.5 miles and takes 2 to 4 hours to complete.

Participants may use their own boats or rent them from Hiwassee River Outfitters at the following rates: 4 to 7 Person Rafts = $18.31 per person with a $73.20 minimum charge Inflatable 1 Person Kayak = $30.00 Inflatable 2 Person Kayak = $48.00 1 Person Kayak (Sit-On-Top) = $30.00 Tubes = $20.00 (must be at least 12 years old) Rentals include shuttle, lifejackets, and paddles Although not mandatory, the outfitter recommends reservations on weekends.

The outfitter runs an equipment/people shuttle to the put in each half hour. If you make reservations, you should tell the outfitter that you plan to run the river at 1:00 pm, EST, (12:00 CST/ Alabama Time) in order to float with our group.

The outfitter may be reached by email at www.hiwasseeoutfitters.com, or by phone at 1-800-338- 8133.

It is about a 3 hour drive from the Anniston to the outfitters. Plans are to leave the Pick-N-Save (formerly Winn Dixie) parking lot on US Hwy 431 in Saks at 7:30 am and arrive at the outfitters by 10:30 am (CST) or 11:30 am (EST).

Plans are to have lunch at the outfitters and then run the river at 12:00 pm (CST) or 1:00 pm (EST). The restaurant at the outfitters is closed so participants will need to bring their own lunches. A stop at a local restaurant for dinner is planned for after the float. .

Those desiring to camp overnight can find sites at both the outfitters and the nearby Gee Creek Campground located at the Hiwassee/Ocoee State Park.

Information about camping at the outfitters can be found at www.hiwasseeoutfitters.com/camping.html while information about Gee Creek Campground can be found at tnstateparks.com/parks/campground/hiwasseeocoee.

Please contact Keith Hudson by Wednesday, July 25 if you plan to participate in this outing. Keith may be reached by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by phone at 256-453-9527

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